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Workshop Build-Alongs

Sopwith Camel — Video Sneak Peek

Sopwith Camel — Video Sneak Peek

Featured in the upcoming December 2015 issue of MAN, the newest construction article is for editor Gerry Yarrish’s 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel. Designed with CAD and featuring laser cut parts (also available), this WW1 classic is sport scale and it has excellent flight stability and performance. It has an 84 inch span and is powered by […]
Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 3

Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 3

So, I finished up the dummy rotary engine for the Sopwith Camel this weekend. The over all project took only about 10 hours and spread over a few days, that’s no time at all. I finally decided to attach the molded engine to the inside of the engine cowling. This is the typical way to […]
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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 2

Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 2

Work always get in the way of fun time so it takes a little longer than normal when I work on a project during the work week.  I have broken this Technique into three parts and here is the rest of the painting and finishing portion. Part 3 will deal with attaching and securing the […]
Engine Swap for the Camel

Engine Swap for the Camel

Well, it has been an active flying season so far and I have flown the Sopwith Camel several times including at the big Fun Fly on Father’s Day in Kingston, Ontario in June, at the recent Warbirds over Delaware in July, at our home field in Farmington, CT and at the Dawn Patrol event at the Long […]
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Patching up a Camel — Wing Repairs

Patching up a Camel — Wing Repairs

While flying the Sopwith Camel featured in our Build-Along series, I made a bad piloting decision. While at the Warbirds over Delaware event, I made a few successful flights in between taking photos and covering the event for MAN. Anyway, I came in for a landing and allowed the Camel to drift off the runway […]
Sopwith Camel Update — Build-Along Part 31

Sopwith Camel Update — Build-Along Part 31

So, after an exciting, yet informative test flight, I found that we had a very nose-heavy condition, even though from the plans, I had the model balanced at the 25% MAC position. So much for the theory. With the Camel back safe and sound in the workshop, I have since moved the CG back to the […]
Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 30 — Test Flight with Video

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 30 — Test Flight with Video

Well after a long and enjoyable build-along series, I finally got the Sopwith Camel test flown at the recent 40th Annual Father’s Day Fun Fly in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. We went early and test flew the plane before the competition started. I should have been less anxious to commit aviation and I think it was […]
Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 29: Balancing the CG

Well, this is the very last workshop segment from this Sopwith Camel Build-Along. After getting the model balanced, it will all be about how it flies, and that means a trip to the Club’s flying field. To balance the model, I used scuba weight and lead shot installed in the engine compartment. I built a plywood […]
Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 27: Interplane Struts

Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel — Part 27: Interplane Struts

The last bits of building in any project seem to take the longest, at least when you have a deadline to meet! We are planning to have the compete construction article for this sport scale WW1 classic in the upcoming December issue of MAN in our Scale Special Issue. To make the interplane struts you […]
Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new segment of modeling to me, while also greatly increasing the precision in which I designed and developed scratch build scale airplanes. This post is an online version of my PowerPoint presentation […]
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